The first shop that Little Man wanted to go to was Ollivander's. It's the wand shop. We were not prepared. There were so many to choose from. And there were so many people. Little Man wanted an interactive wand so at least that narrowed it down a little. We went to the case and he found one he liked best and then we tracked down the box. The interactive wands enable you to do magic spells throughout the park. Think making water shoot from a fountain, making window displays move,etc.
After he had wand in hand we headed to the Leaky Cauldron for lunch. We loved that you order and then the food is delivered to the table. The traditional English pub food was so yummy! Oh, and you don't have to find your own seat! AND...it was at the Leaky Cauldron that we had our first taste of BUTTERBEER! Little Man was definitely a fan!
My sister had some Butterbeer too!
My sister and I both thought the Fisherman's Pie (a mix of cod, salmon and shrimp in a creamy sauce topped with mashed potatoes) and Fish and Chips looked good so we ordered one of each and split them. They were both SOOOOO good!
Little Man and Hubby both had the banger sandwiches.
After lunch Little Man walked around waving his wand and checking out some more shops like the candy shop, magic shop and magical pet shop.
Then it was off for our first ride! We headed to Gringott's Bank and waited and waited...and then we saw the inside of the bank and it looked just like the movie too!
There were even goblins at work looking at us while we waited.
After the ride we headed to the Hogwart's Express for it to take us to Hogsmeade. To get to Platform 9 3/4 we had to walk through the wall...
Once we boarded the train we enjoyed the ride and the show during it.
We arrived in Hogsmeade and the Harry Potter fun kept going, I'll share more next time!